October 5, 2023
Native photographer Tamara Susa’s ‘Disturbance’ to open at Purple Brick
Photographer Tamara Susa.
Courtesy Tamara Susa

Purple Brick’s newest exhibition by Tamara Susa is extra than simply an clever show of the surroundings — it’s a mission to guard it. 

Two new exhibitions open at Aspen’s Purple Brick Middle for the Arts on Thursday, together with their resident artists program, and Tamara Susa’s Disturbance, her picture mission on Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. 

Water within the West, Tamara Susa.
Tamara Susa / Picture Credit score

A local of the previous Yugoslavia, Susa has lived and labored within the valley for 10 years and is the photographer behind many culturally-relevant and poignant pictures of nature. 

“I wished to do extra with my pictures than merely take photographs of fairly landscapes. By these images, I need to present the great thing about the surroundings that surrounds us but additionally remind the viewers of the urgency of defending this place all of us love a lot,” she wrote in an electronic mail with The Aspen Instances. 

Due to her drive to boost consciousness about local weather change occurring, she captures native mountains utilizing lengthy exposures to signify the passage of time. She companions with the Aspen Middle for Environmental Research in her analysis and can donate 10% of her print gross sales in gratitude for his or her assist and their mission. 

Biophilia, Tamara Susa.
Tamara Susa, Picture Credit score

That is Susa’s second exhibition introduced on the Purple Brick, an area the place she likes to return for the connection it presents native artists.

Her Disturbance tells an area story specializing in the mountains that draw hundreds of skiers, mountaineers, and guests yearly. Disturbance focuses on the life pressure of snow, and the best way it contributes to cycles of life and residing throughout the neighborhood. 

“Snow isn’t merely fantastic for winter leisure functions, but additionally is an important water provide for our lives, year-round, in Colorado,” she wrote. “Because the ski seasons grow to be shorter, low water ranges will make rafting nearly nonexistent. Mountain-biking trails will flip into mud, forests will flip grey, and wildlife will disappear from the panorama.” 

Disturbance, Tamara Susa.
Tamara Susa / Picture Credit score

Disturbance is one piece of a three-part mission capturing local weather change in all the many varieties it exists inside our yard. The three-part mission explores the phases water passes by means of: rain, snow, and ice, and the way Colorado snow is important for all times. 

“There’s this basic notion that the influence of local weather change isn’t a right away concern. I wished to convey this subject nearer to residence and particularly deal with the significance of the snowpack in an effort to battle wildfires. After I began engaged on this mission, the Grizzly Creek Fireplace was raging in Glenwood Canyon,” Susa wrote. 

Disturbance, Biophilia, and Water within the West comprise her environmental-awareness mission. The mission is predicated on her rallying phrase: “Within the West, snow is water.” 

Susa intends to make use of the palpable great thing about nature to impress viewers to guard it. 

Water within the West, Tamara Susa.
Tamara Susa / Picture Credit score

Disturbance opens for viewing Thursday on the Purple Brick from 5 to 7 p.m., and Susa plans to attend. The exhibition will stay on the Purple Brick till Feb. 23, 2023. 

Her images are printed on eco-friendly paper, mounted onto hardboard of wheat paste, and written on with chalk. Fully biodegradable, her work will fade with time as, she warns, so will our planet.

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